en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) , en- \

Definition of encampment

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped
b : the individuals that make up an encampment
2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree
Recent Examples on the Web Sixteen people from the encampment were placed in city hotels on Friday and Monday. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "How Dallas nonprofits are helping shelter homeless ahead of winter weather blast," 11 Feb. 2021 Last week, a federal judge denied a motion to stop the city and the encampment was dismantled. Fox News, "Seattle Antifa member who touted business owners hit list works as children’s camp counselor," 23 Dec. 2020 Several dozen people joined by City Council Members Mitra Jalali and Nelsie Yang came to observe and express their opposition to the city's decision to remove the encampment. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "St. Paul starts work to close downtown homeless encampment," 21 Dec. 2020 On Tuesday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said that law enforcement would dismantle the encampment and enforce the eviction. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Portland real estate investor to sell foreclosed house following protests," 11 Dec. 2020 Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for Mayor Ted Wheeler, said Thursday that the city spent weeks doing outreach work with the people living in the encampment, which posed a variety of public health and safety risks. oregonlive, "Workers begin sweeping Portland’s Laurelhurst Park homeless camp," 20 Nov. 2020 Muhaymin — who suffered from schizophrenia and anxiety, according to mental health documents obtained by CNN — lived outside in a makeshift encampment with a handful of other homeless people near the center, Chami said. Scott Bronstein, CNN, "Bodycam footage from Phoenix arrest reveals new details about Black man's death in custody," 9 July 2020 Soon, what began as an encampment of three tents turned into almost 30. Dallas News, "Relocation efforts begin for over 20 homeless residents of Camp Rhonda," 6 Feb. 2021 The city reinstated its police homeless encampment detail, though other services remain suspended. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland's interim chief retires after 10 tumultuous months on the job," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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24 Feb 2021

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“Encampment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encampment. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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